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Oppo DV-971H DVD Player

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Everything Rules but the Tray

Feb 25, 2008
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Pros:Sets a standard for video quality at the price

Cons:Finishing details (tray, menus) could be nicer

The Bottom Line: Pick it up cheap, and it's gorgeous picture will make you smile. Save your dollars for Blu Ray.


Every new DVD player is now an upconverting DVD player these days, but this one is special: it was the first one that was really worth buying. Even two years later, it still remains one of the very best of its type. Originally $199, and now 50-75% of that price refurb, this represents a great value.

Here are the most significant features:

- DCDi/Faroudja: crucial for eliminating jaggies and smoothing the picture, this implementation minimizes unnecessary visual issues.
- DVI output: no, not HDMI, but still perfectly serviceable.
- *ahm* Open attitude towards region coding

And the most significant limitations:

- The tray mechanism is flimsy, no question about that. It open and closes, but I always fear it'll snap if bumped.
- The remote control is just plain lousy: bad layout, poor button tactile feedback, and looks ugly.
- UI is primitive: basic black and white menus, poorly organized, but you'll almost never use them.

It isn't glamorous, but it works amazingly well, with top-notch video quality on a wide variety of media. Pick it up for well under $100 on eBay and you've got yourself a perfect DVD player to accompany a large HDTV. It'll bypass the potentially lousy DCDi in your TV, enhance quality of movies and TVs alike, and future-proof your home theater.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 175


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